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    08-03-2009, 09:54 PM
beet pulp

Ok I have looked and looked how much beet pulp (un soaked) should I feed to add weight? My vet said one cup (that is a measuring cup) But I have since learned he is clueless to nutrition. I also have yet to find a good independent nutritional person.
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    08-03-2009, 10:00 PM
I have been filling one full 3 quart scoop dry in her feed twice a day, but my mare is 16hh.
    08-03-2009, 10:06 PM
Green Broke
Dried beet pulp weighs 0.6 pounds per dry US quart, so a 2-quart scoop holds about 1.2 pounds. Some guidelines to follow when adding beet pulp to supplement the regular feeding program (meaning that the horse is already receiving at least 0.5% of its body weight daily of a fortified horse feed) are: 1) feed no more than 2 pounds of dried beet pulp daily to a pony, 2) feed no more than 4 pounds of dried beet pulp daily to an immature horse from 1 to 3 years of age, and 3) feed no more than 6 pounds of dried beet pulp daily to a mature horse (body weight of 1,200 pounds). A feeding rate of 4 pounds daily in addition to the regular ration for a mature horse that was maintaining its present body weight would result in a gain of about pound per day.
This is what I have used in adding it to our horse's diet

Keep in mind the weights are dry - it will, of course, get heavier as it absorbs water if you choose to soak measure it, then soak it.
    08-03-2009, 10:06 PM
Ok then I can increase his a bit more and be ok I am trying wo wean him off the pellets to get more of a forage diet. So you soak yours?
    08-03-2009, 10:08 PM
thank you so much

Originally Posted by themacpack    
This is what I have used in adding it to our horse's diet

Keep in mind the weights are dry - it will, of course, get heavier as it absorbs water if you choose to soak measure it, then soak it.

Thank you so very much
    08-03-2009, 10:08 PM
Green Broke
We actually feed it dry. Our horse prefers it dry rather than soaked (but some horses are just the opposite).
    08-03-2009, 10:09 PM
Green Broke
Feeding Beet Pulp to Horses @ Horse Tack Review - this is the article in it's entirity
    08-03-2009, 10:11 PM
Green Broke
I, too, was extremely frustrated in trying to find the same answer when we started our horse on beet pulp. I ended up calling a former co-worker, a nutrition advisor, in Oregon (I worked for a large farmer's co-op/farmstore chain for for several years about 10 years ago) and he agreed with the info in the article.
    08-03-2009, 10:12 PM
I have been feeding it dry to and he seems to like it he is a VERY slow eater so I was not worried about him choking to much. Thank you for the link I will read it right now.
    08-03-2009, 10:14 PM
Yeh both Carolina and Sunny prefer it dry, if I soak it they won't eat it.

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